Rockets host Thunder in basketball action
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets Odds
Toyota Center features an NBA battle between the host Houston Rockets and the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder in betting action on Saturday.
The Rockets bring a 16-13 record (16-12-1 ATS) to the battle against the 22-6 Thunder, who are 15-11-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Houston go 16-13 so far and the Thunder go 13-14-1. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The visitors opened this morning as 5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 214 at BetOnline and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Rockets - Thunder odds would favor the Thunder if the lines were set according to power ranks. Houston is rated No. 12 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Thunder sit at No. 4. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 111-105 win for the Thunder.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 1-ranked offense (105.7 PPG) against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 12 at 96.8 PPG. The Rockets have averaged 45.4% from the field per game, less than the Thunder have managed so far this season (47.7% on average).
Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 12-rated defense on the road, giving up 96.6 points per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the league in scoring at home.
The Thunder were a 111-105 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Mavericks. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (216) made winners of OVER bettors. Kevin Durant went off for 40 points and added 8 rebounds leading Oklahoma City to a 111-105 win over Dallas on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Rockets were a 122-116 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Spurs. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (238) made winners of OVER bettors. Houston got 33 points from James Harden en route to a 122-116 loss at the hands of Houston on Friday at AT&T Center.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Phoenix are 7-3
After playing Dallas are 7-3
After a win are 9-1
Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing San Antonio are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4
A few Thunder at Rockets trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games on the road
Houston is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Houston is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
Oklahoma City home to Phoenix, Monday, December 31
Houston home to Atlanta, Monday, December 31